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Per Un Pugno Di Dollari: A First Look at the Price Elasticity of Patents


Gaétan De Rassenfosse


Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Bruno Van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie


Free University of Brussels - Solvay Business School; Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Department of Applied Economics (DULBEA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

September 2007

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6499

Abstract:     
This paper analyzes the role of patent filing fees requested by the member states of the European Patent Convention (EPC). We provide a first empirical evidence showing that the fee elasticity of the demand for priority applications is negative and significant. Given the strong variation in absolute fees and in fees per capita across countries, this result witnesses a suboptimal treatment of inventors across European countries and suggests that fees should be considered as an integral part of an IP policy, especially in the current context of worrying backlogs. In addition, we show that the transfer rate of domestic priority filings to the EPO increases with the duration of membership to the EPO and the GDP per capita of a country, suggesting that member states experience a learning curve within the EPC. The high heterogeneity in the transfer rates casts some doubts on the practice that consists in relying on filings at the EPO or at the USPTO to assess innovative performance of countries.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: fees, patent filing, price elasticity

JEL Classification: O30, O31, O38, O57

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Date posted: June 2, 2008  

Suggested Citation

de Rassenfosse, Gaétan and van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno, Per Un Pugno Di Dollari: A First Look at the Price Elasticity of Patents (September 2007). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6499. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1138983

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Gaétan De Rassenfosse (Contact Author)
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ( email )
Station 5
Odyssea 1.04
1015 Lausanne, CH-1015
Switzerland
Bruno Van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie
Free University of Brussels - Solvay Business School
50 Avenue Roosevelt
Brussels 1050
Belgium
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Department of Applied Economics (DULBEA) ( email )
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Brussels, B-1050
Belgium
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
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